Do We Need a New Federal Trade Secret Law?

7 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2014 Last revised: 22 Oct 2014

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Eric Goldman

Santa Clara University - School of Law

Date Written: September 19, 2014


Two pending bills in Congress, the Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014 and the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2014, would create a brand-new federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. This essay asks why the laws are needed. The essay also critiques the proposed ex parte seizure provision.

Keywords: trade secret, uniform trade secret act, UTSA, Computer Fraud & Abuse Act, CFAA, employee mobility, Congress, misappropriation

JEL Classification: K02, K11, K42, J21, J06

Suggested Citation

Goldman, Eric, Do We Need a New Federal Trade Secret Law? (September 19, 2014). Forbes Tertium Quid, Sept. 16, 2014; Santa Clara Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 35-14. Available at SSRN:

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